Patterns of Place

Why Dense Grids Trump Suburban Sprawl

Since the dawn of the Roman Empire cities have been laid out in dense interconnected grids that make it easy for people to get around without cars. But since the advent of the automobile, North American notions of livability and community-building have changed dramatically. People have been leaving the dense urban grid behind and flocking to sprawling neighborhoods that they perceive as safer and more private. What effect is losing these age-old “patterns of place” having on our social and environmental health and well-being?

Read Urban Wonk: Debunking the Cul-de-Sac by Emily Badger at the Atlantic Cities.

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September 22, 2011 | No Comments (yet!)

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